Sicilian Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro, captured in January after three many years on the run, has died in hospital in central Italy, the ANSA information company reported Monday.
The 61-year-old had colon most cancers, for which he had sought therapy whereas on the run — a call that introduced him to the eye of the authorities, who arrested him at a clinic in Palermo.
Messina Denaro was one of the vital ruthless bosses in Cosa Nostra, the real-life Sicilian crime syndicate depicted within the Godfather films.
He was convicted by the courts of involvement within the homicide of anti-Mafia decide Giovanni Falcone in 1992 and in lethal bombings in Rome, Florence and Milan in 1993.
One among his six life sentences was additionally handed down for the kidnapping and subsequent homicide of the 12-year-old son of a witness within the Falcone case.
Messina Denaro disappeared in the summertime of 1993, and spent the following 30 years on the run because the Italian state cracked down on the Sicilian mob.
However he remained the highest title on Italy’s most-wanted checklist and, more and more grew to become a determine of legend.
In a shocking swoop, he was arrested on January 16, 2023, as he visited a well being clinic the place he was being handled utilizing a pretend identification.
He was detained in a high-security jail in L’Aquila, central Italy, the place he continued therapy for his most cancers in his cell.
In August, Messina Denaro was moved to the inmates’ ward of the native hospital, the place his situation had declined in current days.
This weekend, media stories stated he was in an “irreversible coma”. Medics had stopped feeding him and he had requested to not be resuscitated, they added.
His arrest could have introduced some reduction for his victims, however the mob boss all the time maintained his silence.
In interviews in custody since being arrested, Messina Denaro even denied he was a member of the Cosa Nostra.
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After Messina Denaro went on the run, there was intense hypothesis that he had gone overseas — and he probably did.
However in the long run, he was discovered to have been staying close to his hometown of Castelvetrano in western Sicily.
Preparations are already underneath means for his burial within the household tomb within the city, alongside his father, Don Ciccio, in accordance with the Corriere della Sera newspaper.
Don Ciccio was additionally head of the native clan. He was stated to have died of a coronary heart assault whereas on the run, his physique left within the countryside, dressed for the funeral.
Investigators had been combing the Sicilian countryside for Messina Denaro for years, looking for hideouts and wiretapping members of his household and his mates.
They have been heard discussing the medical issues of an unnamed one who suffered from most cancers, in addition to eye issues — an individual who detectives grew to become certain was Messina Denaro.
They used a nationwide well being system database to seek for male sufferers of the appropriate age and medical historical past, and finally closed in.